Film Director. Editor. Writer.
I’m a commercial and documentary filmmaker from Houston, based in Los Angeles. I gravitate towards stories that showcase minorities and celebrate cultural truths. In 2017, I directed my first feature film, “Hidden Summer”, which tells the story of a Chinese family immigrating to the US. Since then, I have traveled to Asia and Australia with the Fung Bros filming lifestyle and food content, filmed for Jeremy Lin during his Summer tour to Taiwan, worked at Activision on “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” as a video capture artist and editor, and most recently I directed my second feature film, “Behind The Try: A Try Guys Documentary.“
How does being Taiwanese/Taiwanese American and/or community ally play a role in your life?
My Taiwanese American identity in itself defines that I am in a unique situation that draws from two different cultures. I was born in America, so my values and way of life is inherently American, and my Taiwanese side is deeply rooted from lessons from my parents who are my ultimate role models. Learning to love and accept my cultural background has helped me truly be my full self all of the time. I’m privileged to be born with a Taiwanese American perspective, so as a filmmaker I feel a sentimental responsibility to make sure our voices are heard and our stories are told.
If you could teach future generations 1 thing about being Taiwanese/Taiwanese American or Taiwan, what would it be?
I remember when I was in college, one of the first times I traveled to Asia I walked down the night market and saw a sea of Asian people. Everywhere I looked felt foreign yet familiar. Occasionally I would notice Caucasian travelers and for some reason I expected that we would acknowledge each other when we passed by… but then I realized… oh I guess I’m the majority in this situation because I look Asian like everyone else. The next day I had dinner with an uncle who invited his friend who must have not met a Taiwanese American before because as I talked to him in Mandarin, he stopped me suddenly and said, “what a shame. You have our face, but you don’t speak our language.” I thought I was speaking fluently enough for him to understand me, but he wasn’t impressed. I was so shell-shocked by his statement that I don’t think I responded with anything coherent. Sometimes, it can feel like we’re stuck somewhere between two worlds that are unrelatable and different. Taiwanese American culture is a fusion of two identities – it becomes its own thing, something someone fully Taiwanese or fully American may never understand. It takes quality effort and humility to deeply understand both cultures for you to find yourself and form your own identity as a Taiwanese American.
Favorite memory of Taiwan/Taiwanese America?
In 2018, I traveled with NBA Veteran Jeremy Lin to Taiwan and got an exclusive inside look as his personal videographer for his YouTube channel. As we walked out of the gates at Taoyuan airport at 3 AM that very first morning, over 300 of his passionate fans greeted us, cheering and waving his jerseys like flags to welcome him. Linsanity was very much alive and fired up!! He greeted everyone, signed all of the memorabilia, and took photos with all of his diehard fans. I was so proud to film Jeremy Lin and show everyone online the powerful love and support that Taiwan gives to one of their own.
Favorite Taiwanese food?
I love Taiwanese so much that it’s hard to narrow to just one, but my go to drink is Taro Milk Tea with Boba, 70% Sweet, Less Ice!